Program in Art and Design Education School of Art Pratt Institute

Program in Art and Design Education School of Art Pratt Institute

Brooklyn, NY
student ratio
total students
Tuition Cost Not Reported
Not Reported
average amount to complete degree
January 5
fall application deadline
acceptance rate
3 Degrees Offered
degrees offered


Historic School with Academic Variety

The creative spirit of New York City's historic Pratt Institute is infused in its art and design education program -- where teaching is respected as a creative process unto itself. Students benefit from small class sizes -- with an average class ratio of 10:1 -- combined with the academic variety afforded by the second largest independent college of art, design, and architecture in the United States. Pratt Institute in total serves approximately 4,800 students across 4 different schools; the graduate school itself is home to about 1,400 students.

Multi-disciplinary Art and Design Education Program

The graduate art and design education program strives to prepare artists and designers to serve learners in settings as diverse as urban schools, museums, early childhood classes, and community programs. In addition, students may use the curriculum as a springboard toward complementary careers such as arts administration, design, instructional technology, visual literacy, art therapy, and special education.

The art and design education curriculum draws extensively from other creative disciplines, inspiring budding teachers through fields such as literature, folklore, philosophy, and anthropology. Students learn to bring art and design teaching to life through techniques of narrative, autobiography, play, and performance.

Examples of classes include "Literacy and Language Acquisition in the Art Classroom," "Play and Performance: From Childhood to Pedagogy," and "The Teacher in Film and Fiction."

Multi-faceted Faculty

The faculty brings wide ranging practical experience into the classroom. This multi-faceted approach is exemplified by the department's chair, Heather Lewis. Heather Lewis's teaching and research integrate the history of education, art and design, and urban development through the prism of New York City's urban communities and their changes over time. Assistant professor Theodora Skipitares is a multimedia artist, whose work has been exhibited and performed throughout Europe, Asia, and South America. She has won awards for design and playwrighting.

Visiting professors add their influences, with their backgrounds in areas such as performance studies, philosophy, and graphic design.

Program Geared Toward Certification

The masters program is geared toward initial (entry-level) certification for classroom teaching, the first step toward attaining a professional (highest level) teaching certificate. 

Unique Practice Teaching Opportunities

Practice teaching takes place in the creative "laboratory" that is Pratt's Saturday Art School, a popular 100-plus year-old tradition among New York City children. Student teachers test ideas and develop their personal teaching styles as they work with preschool through high school children.

The Pratt students, supervised by faculty, engage their young art students through a wide variety of media, techniques, and approaches such as visual storytelling, explorations in sculpture media, cartooning, illustration, printmaking, creative writing, performance, and even puppetry.

International Perspective

Pratt graduate students comprise a cosmopolitan community -- 46 percent of the students come from nearly 53 countries -- and, as a whole, come from a broad spectrum of career and educational backgrounds. 

Green Urban Campus, Conveniently Located

Pratt is located in Clinton Hill, on a 25-acre campus of green lawns, trees, and historic buildings in a premier renovated Victorian neighborhood in Brooklyn. Students can enjoy a traditional campus experience while being just 25 minutes from midtown Manhattan.

Valuable Professional Connections

The school's convenient proximity to Manhattan enables Pratt to attract acclaimed artists to teach and participate as visiting lecturers. As a result, students make valuable professional connections throughout their academic careers.

In addition, Pratt's large active alumni base of about 26,000 includes such notable artists such as cartoonist/playwright Jules Feiffer, actor/playwright Harvey Fierstein, fashion designer Betsey Johnson, painter Peter Max, and actor/director Robert Redford.

Pratt alumni work in settings such as public and private schools, exhibition design, curriculum planning, arts administration, publishing, and community arts programs. A sample of employers includes the NYC Board of Education, The American School in Tokyo, Phoenix Public Schools, Wadsworth Atheneum, Baylor University, and Arcadia University.

Commitment to Sustainability

Pratt Institute has made a determined commitment to sustainability and, as such, has been recognized by "The Princeton Review" and the United States Green Building Council as one of 286 "Green Colleges." In support of this commitment, Pratt is working to: reduce its greenhouse gases by 30 percent, envision plans for a carbon neutral campus, build campus-wide intelligence around sustainability, and ensure that ecological literacy becomes a central tenet of design education.

Scholarships Available

All accepted graduate students may be considered for merit-based scholarships, most of which are one-year scholarships. Amounts range by department. Assistantships and endowed scholarships are also available, according to particular criteria.

A Variety of Housing Options

Apartment-style graduate housing is available on a limited basis in the Grand Avenue Residence Hall. Off-campus options include apartments, sometimes in New York's unique brownstones and loft properties.

Location & Contact

Program in Art and Design Education

School of Art
Pratt Institute

200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205-3899
United States

Heather Lewis


Phone: 718-636-3637
Fax: 718-636-3632

Natalie Capannelli

Director of Graduate Admissions

Phone: 718-636-3551
Fax: 718-399-4242

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Art Education Advanced Certificate (Adv C)
      Master of Arts (MA)
      Master of Science (MS)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 2
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees 1
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Thesis Required
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


87% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 16
    • Accepted 14
    • Acceptance Rate 87
    • Enrolled 6
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $50
    • Application Fee - International $90
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline January 5th January 5th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 1st October 1st Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesportfolio
    • Doctoral's DegreesNot Reported
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 600 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 1
    • Types of financial support availableCareer or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students20
    • Female Percentage95%
    • Male Percentage5%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students20
    • Part-time Percentage5%
    • Full-time Percentage95%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino35%
    • Black / African American5%
    • White / Caucasian40%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian5%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races0%
    • Unknown or International Student15%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female PercentageNot Reported
    • Male PercentageNot Reported




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